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Poster: Tenor madman Date: Jun 9, 2010 12:58am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Rant: Blast It Jim, I'm a Citizen Not a Copyright Lawyer

In today's world I don't think that there is anything more mangled and distorted out of shape than copyright law, and the way that it's applied. If you walk down the street and whistle someone's tune, you have infringed on their copyright. To borrow a phrase, infringement is in the eye of the beholder!

Copyrights are bought and sold like commodities so that the original creator often sees no royalties. Many times copyrights that are deemed to be valuable are purchased and stockpiled by large corporations with savvy legal departments. Often, these copyright owners would rather see the works that they own copyrights to gather dust than allow someone to use them if they don't think they'd be lucrative enough for them. The original artist, for whom copyright law was originally intended to protect, is out of the picture entirely.




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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jun 9, 2010 6:25am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Rant: Blast It Jim, I'm a Citizen Not a Copyright Lawyer

Agreed.

The Constitution states regarding the Copyright clause, "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

Hard to see how current copyright law is in that spirit with the examples provided.